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05 March 2012

Childhood eczema common at higher latitudes

Children living closer to the equator are less likely to have eczema, researchers say this provides some ecological evidence that low vitamin D levels might increase allergy risk.

Children living closer to the equator are less likely to have eczema and certain food allergies than their peers in less sunny regions, and the researchers say the finding provides some ecological evidence that low vitamin D levels might increase allergy risk.

Using indirect measures of allergies-like rates of Epi-Pen prescriptions-other groups have found evidence that food allergy is more common among children living further away from the equator, Dr. Osborne and his colleagues note.

 
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